Self-reflection, equity of voice, ownership of responsibility, relational skill-building & values clarification
Restorative Dialogue Circles meet with youth in weekly facilitated circles of peer support and accountability. They engage in authentic dialogue to process their behavior choices and their impacts on others. They learn skills for building and maintaining healthy relationships; conflict and self-management; showing empathy and compassion; developing respect for self and others; taking responsibility and being accountable for their actions; gaining awareness of the impacts they have on others; and making apologies and amends when needed.
Restorative Dialogue Circles are valuable for youth, currently in Juvenile Hall or continuation schools, who have shown a pattern of behaviors harmful to self and others. The circles are helpful for youth who would benefit from group dialogue and support for values clarification, self-management, and building resilience and skills necessary for a successful return to family, school and community if they have been removed from those settings. Typically, these youth do not engage in a Restorative Conference for a specific incident of harm.